December 12, 2018

Moving Forward After Kavanaugh's Confirmation

“The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court brings a sigh of relief for conservatives and, for many initially skeptical of a Donald Trump presidency, is all they need to justify their support of his candidacy. And while many of Justice Kavanaugh’s decisions — and those of scores of lower court judges — will likely be ones I wholeheartedly support, I would caution my Republican brethren against spiking the football.

Our confirmation process, as Senator Susan Collins pointed out in her Friday remarks, has hit rock bottom. This process has not merely affected Judge Kavanaugh and Professor Ford. It affects all of us, leaving the country more divided than ever and dangerously close to unraveling. Indeed, as Sen. Collins noted, our Founders’ “vision of a more perfect union does not exist today, and if anything, we appear to me moving farther away from it.” In other words, in much of the country, we don’t like each other, we don’t talk to each other and we don’t trust each other. Indeed, often we no longer agree on what is truth.

In Collins’ remarks, she discussed many of the problems, but few of the solutions. Those are harder to identify, but it is clear that just as neither party shares the entire burden for how we got here, both parties will need to share responsibility for how we face this challenge.”

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